Thanks for finding this. Lovely passage, perfectly written. The last line is 
quite literally magic.



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Re the comments about Huxley and meditation: yes he knew all about the 
different styles of meditation but towards the end of his life (alongside his 
continuing interest in psychedelics) he came to advocate Jiddu Krishnamurti's 
teaching as being more helpful than structured meditation sessions.
In his last novel Island the mynah birds are trained to repeat "Attention" and 
"Here and Now".


“Here and now, boys,” the bird repeated yet once more, then fluttered
down from its perch on the dead tree and settled on her shoulder.
The child peeled another banana, gave two-thirds of it to Will and offered what 
remained to the mynah.
“Is that your bird?” Will asked.
She shook her head. “Mynahs are like the electric light,” she said. “They don’t 
belong to anybody.”
“Why does he say those things?”
“Because somebody taught him,” she answered patiently. What an ass! her tone 
seemed to imply.
“But why did they teach him those things? Why ‘Attention’? Why ‘Here and now’?”
“Well …” She searched for the right words in which to explain the self-evident 
to this strange imbecile. “That’s what you always forget, isn’t it? I mean, you 
forget to pay attention to what’s happening. And that’s the same as not being 
here and now.”
“And the mynahs fly about reminding you—is that it?”
She nodded. That, of course, was it. There was a silence.

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